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Odd Fellows Temple - 36 Wyandotte St E

Postcard View c. 1915 Designed by architects Crane & Pennington, and built in 1913, the Odd Fellows Temple was located just east of Ouellette on Wynadotte at the intersection of Dufferin. The first floor contained an auditorium, stage, dressing rooms and kitchenette. In 1944 the hall was sold to the UAW and was the home of Local 200 until they moved to Turner Road in 1966, and the building…
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East Windsor Bathing Beach

A few years ago I acquired a large lot of photos taken in and around Ford City. I have no information on them, such as who took them or when they were taken. They appear to be shot in the mid to late 1950s for the most part. Contained in the lot was a few photos taken at the…
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594-598 Janette

Image from SWODA Sometimes even the humble little buildings can be interesting. I’ve long liked the building on the north east corner of Wyandotte & Janette on the edge of downtown Windsor. This shot above from 1950, shows the building still clad in its…
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Canadian Club Sign

Canadian Club Sign c. 1915 An old view of the Canadian Club Distillery sign that was located along the Windsor waterfront. The photo above is from my personal collection, and dates to about 1915. The sign was built in 1900 and was covered in 4,300 lightbulbs and flashed the message to our neighbours across the river. It was 120 feet wide by 76 feet high, it was reputed to be the first electric…
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St Stephen's Rectory

This is an interesting one, in Oldcastle just on the other side of the 401 on Howard Avenue, you’ll pass St. Stephen’s Anglican Church. While the story about the old rectory seems interesting, the architect noted for the new rectory is noted as Leslie Kemp, the…
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Proposed Elks Hall

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (B.P.O.E.) announced in 1927 that they had acquired a property on the south west corner of Sandwich Street (Riverside Drive West) & Park Place (Randolph). The ambitious plans for the building were drawn up by Detroit architect…
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Graham Paige Dealership

This was a building I was always fond of. It was built in 1928, designed by architects Cameron & Ralston, and was located at 722 Wyandotte Street East. It was built for J. M. Blaine as a Graham-Paige dealership. It’s hard to tell from the older photo, but it had Moorish/Art-Deco influenced brickwork and a stucco plaster finish on the facade. A large garage was located at the rear of the…
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Sandwich East Township Hall

The Sandwich East Town Hall was built in 1927, and designed by local architects Allaster & Jacques. Located on the south side of Tecumseh Road East, near Lauzon, the township hall was built in 1927 at a cost of about $12,000. A one storey building with a basement, the…
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Giles Boulevard Christian Church

I recently came across this plan from 1929 for the Giles Boulevard Christian Church. It was planned for the north east corner of Giles & Goyeau, where a much smaller Christian Church can be found. I would only imagine that the depression put an end to this plan. It was…